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Make a plan, build a kit, stay informed

By Joseph Gangemi 633rd Air Base Wing Public Affairs


National Preparedness Month is an annual, month-long series of activities to drive awareness about hazards specific to local communities.


“Make a plan, build a kit, and stay informed, is the preparedness triad benchmark that we want our JBLE populace to achieve,” said James Ferguson, JBLE Emergency Management specialist. “Creating a plan that prepares your family for any type of disaster is easier than it sounds. A good first step is to create a family communication plan.”


While conducting research on disasters, FEMA has found that during a disaster it is often easier to contact someone on your phone who is outside the disaster area. Choose an out of state relative or trusted friend to act as a third party for your family’s accountability. Explain to your family that should they may not be able to contact you during a disaster, they should call the out of state contact. Remember to ensure each member of your family has your third party’s contact information loaded in their phone.


Ferguson continued to say that families, schools, organizations and individuals are encouraged to come together to practice simple actions to stay safe before, during and after emergencies.


“By accomplishing these preparedness goals, we build a more disaster-resilient joint-base community,” said Ferguson.


The next step is building your family’s disaster supply kit. The objective of the kit is to sustain your family for a period of three days without electrical power.


A basic disaster supply kit could include the following recommended items:


- Water-one gallon of water per person for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation

- Prescription medication

- Pet food and extra water for your pet’

- Infant formula and diapers

- First aid kit

- Extra batteries

- Cell phone with chargers and a backup battery

- Whistle to signal for help


Stay Informed by signing up for local emergency alerts through your county or state and get warnings sent to your phone.


Emergency management personnel will make public outreach efforts across JBLE in the coming weeks, including information booths at both Exchanges during the week of September 10-14. Additionally there will be two different opportunities for a free viewing of Deepwater Horizon at 1:30 p.m., Sept. 19, 2018, at the Fort Eustis Theater and at 1:30 p.m., Sept. 28, 2018, at the Langley Air Force Base Theater.


For more information about National Preparedness Month, please visit https://www.ready.gov/ or www.beready.af.mil 

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